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WHO asks South East Asia to invest in emergency preparedness measures

New York ,

The World Health Organisation (WHO) today asked South East Asian nations to invest in emergency preparedness measures to effectively respond to natural disasters, infectious diseases and radiological disasters in the future. WHO also urged the countries to scale-up their emergency management capabilities, expedite efforts
to prepare for epidemics and make health facilities safe and functional during disasters.

Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia Poonam Khetrapal Singh, at the 68th regional committee meeting being held at Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, said the region is prone to disasters. Every disaster is a reminder of the need for better risk reduction and preparedness, an essential public health function that needs to be prioritized. WHO's South- East Asia Region comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste.